Call of the Damaged by Gary Glauber

A curtain of darkness surrounds her,

beyond Goth fashion sensibility

& the striking beauty she has grown into,

heightened by hesitancy & pain.

The past attack has scarred her for life.

That night some tornado of ignorance

subsumed her, corrupted her innocence,

turned it into thick net of constant resistance.

She has become the void within torn holes,

retaining shadow ugliness of pushing away,

limbs akimbo against encroaching storm,

always encroaching. See, weather is a constant:
there are fronts of men to confront,

be affronted by. Daily ache of memories

fuels lightning behind trenchant eyes,

windows to injured soul,

where past rain puddles & pools,

a world of hurt these hard shots

cannot easily erase.


©2019 Gary Glauber


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Gary Glauber is a poet, fiction writer, teacher, and former music journalist. His works have received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. He champions the underdog to the melodic rhythms of obscure power pop. His two collections, Small Consolations (Aldrich Press) and Worth the Candle (Five Oaks Press), and a chapbook, Memory Marries Desire (Finishing Line Press), are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and directly from the publishers.


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